FRIDAY, APRIL 15, 2016 |
Posted by: Mike Montemarano
Since leaving Whiskeytown in 2000, Ryan Adams has showcased just how prolific of a songwriter he's capable of with a prolific amount of music in the years since including the seminal Heartbreaker, and the deluxe reissue of his opus is jam-packed with outtakes and remakes of various songs that didn't quite make the first cut, but still had some serious potential. Adams fans are sure to be pleased to hear, including the glimmering and melancholic track, "Locked Away," which was just released.
On this track, Adams abandons the usual gritty blues he's mastered, instead donning a more simplistic and melancholic approach that shows a different side of him as a musician. This track is full of vulnerability, earnesty, and a cool sense of recollection.
Things get taken to the next level when that shout-along chorus comes along, followed by some vocal harmonizing that adds to an elegant sound that's incredibly hard to pull off in any acoustic session, and adds so much liveliness to the track. Add in Adams' really well-versed guitar work, and tracks like "Locked Away" could've been surefire hits on Heartbreaker.
With the amount of tracks that were unreleased demos and studio recordings on this album, there could've been an entire second album made, and though that's happening so many years down the road, it'll be just as great as ever to hear more from the fantastic sessions that culminated into such an eclectic and memorable body of alt-country work.